“Work with your friends”, exclaimed Chance the Rapper just days before Surf dropped. The album is from Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment, but, it would likely have flown under the radar had Chance not hopped on the project. Nonetheless, Surf evokes fun loving imagery of friends hanging out playing music – and really good music too. Besides being downloaded over 600,000 times in just one week, the music delves into uncharted areas with its amalgamation of brass instruments, rap and vocals and the staple scat singing that makes Chance so unique.
Chance seems determined to steer clear from the spotlight on this album, and he’s hyped Nico (Donnie Trumpet) as being the founder and key component of the project. Many stanch Chance fans were hoping for an ‘Acid Rap 2.0’, another solo Chance album to follow Acid Rap, the rapper’s very successful 2013 album. In the meantime, fans can be more than happy with Surf by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment. While it lacks an overt Chance the Rapper presence, his influence is felt. If nothing else, Chance’s involvement has exposed hip-hop heads everywhere to his lesser-known band mates in the talented Peter Cottontale, Greg Landfair Jr. and Nate Fox.
As for the music, Surf is already being considered one of the best albums of 2015. Based on 15 reviews from popular music critics and websites, the album has received an average score of 87/100. If you’re looking for an eclectic mix of soul, jazz and hip-hop, this album is for you. Best of all, it’s FREE to download on Itunes for all to enjoy. Review by Marshall Torgov
Marshall Torgov can be found via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and twitter @marshtwitt3r. Marshall is part of Queen’s University Class of 2016, Political Science.